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Albertans leery of Quebec booze monopoly.

Quebec’s liquor board has new deal to purchase and distribute Bordeaux wine in Alberta, a move that isn’t going down well among Alberta’s private alcohol distributors. They’re upset the SAQ is able to do business out west while Quebec’s government-regulated wine and spirits market is closed to outsiders.

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October 30, 2010 at 11:15

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Marcel Lapierre n’est plus

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Marcel Lapierre, a leading figure in the natural wine movement, passed away on Sunday.

In September, his 2009 Morgon generated the kind of local buzz usually reserved for pricey cult wines; the SAQ sold its entire shipment of 1,800 bottles in less than a day. Pouring and discussing his 2008s at the natural Beaujolais event last spring, he was affable, down-to-earth, knowledgeable, articulate and seemingly indefatigable. And his wines, even the humble vin de France, were pure and beautiful. RIP.

Natural winemaking pioneer and Beaujolais producer, Marcel Lapierre passes away (Cork’d)

I love Marcel Lapierre (Facebook)

Marcel… (Le blog d’Olif)

Three TéléRézin videos made during Lapierre’s recent visit to Montreal:

Lapierre sur les tablettes de la SAQ

Château Cambon

Vinification du Beaujolais : Classique ou thermo ?

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October 11, 2010 at 11:19

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Gold in them thar hills?

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Quebec’s population is one of the fastest aging in the world. As people grow older, they tend to drink less. It follows that liquor sales in the province are likely to decline in the coming years. Yet the SAQ has committed to maintaining the dividend its pays to the Quebec government. Caught on the horns of this demographic dilemma, SAQ management has decided to look afield. Yesterday the SAQ, the Fonds de solidarité FTQ and Fondaction CSN announced they will be forming a limited partnership to sell various services to liquor retailers outside the province. The services will include selecting and buying products, quality control (including laboratory analysis), distribution, marketing, merchandising and sales network management, and it looks like they’ve already found a taker.

Quebec Liquor Board Is Stepping Out (Financial Post)

Quebec government news release (in French)

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October 5, 2010 at 08:53

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